Cricut Tutorial to Paint over vinyl lettering on wood blocks and signs

How to Paint Over Vinyl on Wood with Crisp Lines

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While working on an outside lawn game for the backyard, I found a new way to make signs that I’m really really excited about. I’m going to show you how to paint over vinyl on wood with crisp lines. I did this on 4×4 blocks for a wooden DIY Tic Tac Toe Game (Coming Soon), but this can be done on any painted wood.

Cricut Tutorial to Paint over vinyl lettering on wood blocks and signs

Supplies for Painted Wood Signs with Cricut

Makeup Wedge

Cricut Maker or Cricut Joy

Cricut Basic Tool Set

Plaid Flat Paint Brush Set

Plaid Craft Paints

Removable Vinyl

Let’s Learn How to Paint Over Vinyl Letters on Wood

Sand and prepare the wood to adhere the vinyl and paint over it

Prepare your wood to be painted by sanding it so it’s nice and smooth. The smoother the wood, the better the vinyl sticks.

Next paint or stain the wood, the color you want your lettering to be. I chose to leave the wood natural on my tic tac toe blocks.

Creating the x and o's in removable vinyl with the Cricut Joy

Create the lettering on your Cricut cutting machine. If the image is small (like my X’s and O’s) I use my Cricut Joy, if it’s larger than I use the Cricut Maker. For this I use removable Cricut vinyl.

x on the 4x4 block in removable vinyl to stencil around

Adhere the lettering to your prepared wood. I didn’t use transfer tape because the x and o’s were a simple, easy design to transfer, but for a more complex design use transfer tape. Use the Cricut Scrapper to get the vinyl pressed nicely to the wood.

How to Get Nice Crisp Lines with Vinyl Stencils

Make up wedge and plaid craft paint to stencil around the removable vinyl on tic tac toe blocks

To get nice crisp lines, my secret is using a make up wedge and paper plate. Sounds crazy and simple, but it works. Put a small amount of paint on the paper plate and dab in the make up wedge. Then dab it onto the paper plate before dabbing around the vinyl letter.

Tic Tac Toe Wooden Blocks painting over the vinyl X's and O's

You only use the make up wedge around the letter and it usually takes two coats.

Using the paper plate to dab around the vinyl lettering on the wood to make a painted sign

Always dab in the paint, then the plate before dabbing onto the wood. Make sure to do the dabbing slow and steady for those nice crisp lines.

Carefully paint around the vinyl and blend in the stenciling and paint the rest of the block

When you are done painting around the letter, use the flat brush to paint the rest of your sign or block. Don’t paint over the letter, just use it to blend in the paint from the dabbing to the painting of the sign or block.

After the paint dries use the Cricut Weeding Tool to remove the x and o's from the wooden blocks for a fun outdoor game

I like to remove the vinyl lettering when it’s almost dry. If you wait to long, the vinyl lettering might remove some paint. Use the Cricut Weeding Tool to pull up the vinyl letter.

Wood Blocks After painting over vinyl on wood

Now you know how to make homemade painted wood signs with crisp lines. I really enjoy the dabbing and painting of these signs. It’s kind of therapeutic to just sit and dab. I love removing the vinyl letters and seeing the beautiful sign or block come to life.

Hi I'm Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts. I love to create decorations for my home, projects to create magical holidays, and to have fun with my kids. The quote "I run on coffee, chaos, and crafts" describes my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you find inspiration and enjoy my creative journey.